Imogene DuVall White, 86, passed away on June 10, 2013, at Heartland Rehabilitation and Care Facility in Benton.
She was born Jan. 22, 1927, in Grant County to the late E.H. and Ida DuVall. Mrs. White was strong in her faith and worked many years both as a volunteer and an employee at First United Methodist Church in Benton.
She loved politics and worked at the Arkansas Legislature when it was in session. She was instrumental in starting community theater in Benton and performed in many plays. She loved writing poetry and telling Christmas stories for her beloved Talisman Club and others. If there was a celebration at her church, she was usually in charge of the program and theme. She loved every minute of it. She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Women at Benton's First United Methodist Church.
When Mrs. White was not working or volunteering at the church, she was busy in the lives of her two children. She loved hosting events for her children and for her many friends. It was rare for there to be a week when she wasn’t “having a party.”
She was very fond of her hometown, Tull, and was a regular at social events, including Old Folks Singing, held annually in the community. She often shared stories of growing up in Sheridan where her father, E.H. DuVall, was a state legislator and a county judge. As a youngster growing up in Grant County, she was an academic scholar and a very proud graduate of the Bauxite High School Class of 1945.
Mrs. White loved her children and grandchildren as much as anyone ever has. To say she thought her twin grandchildren, Richie and Tiffany, “hung the moon” would be an understatement.
Mrs. White was an avid reader, thespian and a tireless community volunteer . She was a loving wife, aunt and grandmother, a loyal friend and “one heck of a mom." She will be missed by all who knew her.
Mrs. White was preceded in death by her husband, Tom White, who was a lifelong resident of Saline and Grant counties. She was also preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Wilbur DuVall, Curtis DuVall, Joe DuVall, Richard DuVall and Grady DuVall; and her sister, Inez Ramsey.
She is survived by a daughter, Susan Tucker and husband Dick of Benton; a son, Randy White of Washington, D.C.; a grandson, Richie Tucker of Benton; a granddaughter, Tiffany Talbert and husband Zack of Bauxite; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Benton's First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. David Jones and the Rev. Victor Green officiating. Burial will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery in Tull.
Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 14, at Ashby Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America-Team Imogene White (P.O. Box 251167, Little Rock, AR 72225); or www.cctakesteps.org/littlerock ); or to First United Methodist Church, 200 N. Market St., Benton, AR 72015.